The Color of Home
Sassa Vikander. Stunning chef. Seeker on the path of most resistance. Survivor.
Contentment percolates for a ti ...more
Here’s a little ditty about Nick and Sassa, oh why couldn’t her name have been Ryan, then that ditty would have come across so much better? Oh well, same concept. This IS a story of two lovebirds living in the Big Apple rather than the Heartland, but I did have that song in my head most of the time when reading this book for some reason, perhaps because Nick was a musician or because oftentimes they could be found commiserating over food, although the food was more advanced than chili dogs outsi...more
I was very appreciative to have won this book.
If anyone is reading this review BEFORE reading the book....stick with the book past the first chapter or so. I felt as though I had stumbled into the middle of a conversation that I didn't quite "get"....I think a more gradual ease into the main spiritual concepts and main themes of the book would have made the reader get "grabbed" right from the beginning...I consider myself a fairly spiritual person that believed and related t ...more
Sassa and Nick are madly in love, except there is something wrong. They decide to take some time apart to experience the world before the commit, Nick is forced to agree. The main idea is for them to become “whole” before they engage in a lif ...more
This however was not a book that I would consider a good read. From the very beginning I felt like an outsider in a group of people telling inside only stories. I couldn't connect with either of the main characters except on a very basic level and honestly I was just frustrated while reading this due to the monotony of the ...more
I wanted to like this book, I really did.
And I did like some aspects. There were some lovely descriptions, and the song lyrics were a nice touch. The sections about cooking were great, and I really liked that aspect of Sassa's character. And that Newfoundland dog was adorable.
I loved the fact that this was about two people who sort out their own issues before seriously being together. It was a nice message -- instead of completing each other, t ...more
Careers, relationships, past, present, future, meaning of life, home, music, food are the keywords that describe this book quite decently. The author is well versed in the technical details. And it shows in the quality of really good poems & songs Nick writes. For me, it was an overdose. T ...more
The Color of Home is a compelling novel with interesting characters and a story that will grip you and make you want to see it through to the end.
The first chapter was a bit confusing but the dialogue flowed nicely between the characters and I felt myself begin to be locked into the story. You want to keep reading, believe me.
The book is a genuine love s ...more
Although I found the conversation of the first chapter initially confusing, I was immediately involved with the characters and their story. By chapter three I was completely hooked and couldn’t put the book down.
This is not a typical love story instead it grapples with the big questions in relationships; self-discovery and awareness, truth, levels of honesty and whether it is really possible to be at one with another. The ...more
Overall I didn’t agree with many of the ideas and mentalities of this book. The characters irritated me to no end and the plot was infuriating at times. I didn’t find the couple/story to be relatable or realistic. I also had a hard time following the dialogue and ...more
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I don't really have a lot to say about this book. From the very first page, I didn't connect with either character and was mostly skimming the story until the end. The story felt recycled from other novels and didn't come across as totally original. I haven't read anything else from this author so I can't even say that at least the story has his certain style or signature mark on it. It's all very gener ...more
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I believe a cover is as vital to gaining or losing a potential reader as the summary on the back of the book, if not more. It only takes seconds for someone to determine if a book is worth the time to check out or not. If I happened t come across this book in stores for the first time, I would probably pick it up. The colors used on the cover draw my eyes to the book. The title immediately stands out, easily grabbing my ...more
This is essentially a book about two people who have had their own share of pain and loss in their lives and who want to be together but need to feel whole on their own before starting a 50-year-old journey together.
All in all, it is a good story about the importance of knowing and "fixing" yourself before engaging in a serious relationship, about growing as a perso ...more
This is no cookie-cutter contemporary romance. The main ...more
Nick and Sassa are a couple that must lose each other in order to find each other. Premise sounds confusing but Mr. Marcello does a good job dealing with the confusion. Sassa has a "one year agenda" that requires her to break off any relationship after a year no matter how good (or bad) said relationship is. They agree to come back for a visit annually and discuss what ...more
I rec ...more
GREAT book! Written in a very artistic way, with a lot of character and depth. This was not the typical book that I usually read, so I was really excited to take a journey down this road with the author - and after the first two chapters, found myself thrown into the world of "The Color of Home".
For a more detailed review of the book (dont worry, no spoliers), here you go (from my blog):
“The Color of Home” is a novel which I wholeheartedly believe had a lot of promise, but fell short on nearly every level when it came to the execution of the story. Marcello’s novel, about two twenty-somethings who fall in love in the big apple is a seemingly appealing one. Nick and Sassa meet over coffee and are immediately attracted to one another. Nick is enthrall ...more
The novel, Color of Home, written by Rich Marcello, centers on the relationship between two individuals: Nick Satterborn, a musician, and Sassa Vikander, a chef, as they fall shooting stars in love; endure an agonizing break-up; maintain a friendship over a six-year period; and climax with a soulful understanding of who they are individually before coming together as one, culminating in a happily-ever ...more
The dialogue is just off, and often confusing and unrealistic. Marcello tries to be snappy and quippy or whatever else, but it just doesn't work. He tries so hard to create a deep, long-term relationship between these two people, but honestly it's nothing very interesting or unique. Some authors have that spark, that talent or knack for creating relatable and memorable characters ...more
"We live in America."
"What does that mean?"
"People like to judge without knowing.”